Denying Mother Theresa’s Mission in India

Sri Mohan Bhagwat of RSS addressed a function in village Bajhera, 8 kilometers from Bharatpur in Rajasthan where he inaugurated ‘Mahila Sadan’ and ‘Sishu Bal Grah’ an NGO for helpless women and children. Speaking on the concept of service in Bharat, he talked about how service is to be done expecting nothing in return . He lauded the service of the volunteers of Mahila Sadan & Sishu Bal Grah who were delivering yeomen service. He compared this with the Christian missionaries like Mother Theresa whose agenda of service has a religious mission. Read full text

This was enough to set the English TV channels questioning the “secular” credentials of Bhagwat. After all, how can one question on the service of Mother Theresa – they said ?

But, the point that most people miss is that Theresa herself was very clear about her mission. It is the gullible convent educated Hindus who  distilled the religious overtones of her work and broadcasted to the other Hindus that her service was without any religious goals.  In fact this is an insult to Mother Theresa herself !  Her life was devoted for spreading the message of Christ and denying her that objective is denying the purpose for which she lived.  The following interview clearly shows the true nature of her work which from her perspective was indeed to spread the message of Jesus to the whole of India.

This is an excerpt of one of the last interviews with Mother Teresa conducted by Edward W. Desmond in 1989 for Time magazine. Excerpts from the interview appeared in Time magazine and the full text of the interview appeared in The National Catholic Register

Time: What’s your greatest hope here in India?

Mother Teresa: To give Jesus to all.

Time: But you do not evangelize in the conventional sense of the term.

Mother Teresa: I’m evangelizing by my works of love.

Time: Is that the best way?

Mother Teresa: For us, yes. For somebody else, something else. I’m evangelizing the way God wants me to. Jesus said go and preach to all the nations. We are now in so many nations preaching the Gospel by our works of love. “By the love that you have for one another will they know you are my disciples.” That’s the preaching that we are doing, and I think that is more real.

Full Interview


Few More links

 Huffington Post Review on Mother Teresa

First Post on Mohan Bhagwat and Mother Teresa

Christopher Hitchins Video on Teresa

Mother Teresa and Bhopal Tragedy

Theresa fasting for Dalit Christian Reservation

Fanatic, Fraudulent Theresa


4 thoughts on “Denying Mother Theresa’s Mission in India

  1. Bhoga Rao Pappu

    I think one should have the sincerity to listen to the whole speech of just 20 minutes and then still introspect if you are sincere in making such silly, baseless comments against Shri. Mohan-ji Bhagawat?
    It is said that a wise man learns good from everything – “Take the BEST, Leave the REST”
    Remember the good story he told from MahabhArat, the value of self-less, “no ROI expecting” Service etc. Else, your intentions are clear, only to fight to be in limelight.
    Choice is yours be sincere or not.

  2. golianjaneyulu

    Conversion is their and her only mission.  If service, there are many in need of help and need with poverty  and disease in their home countries.  India is a big target for them due to illiteracy , poverty, innocence, ignorance and many other factors.

    1. Abhishek

      May i know, what are YOU doing as a citizen of this nation? As a fellow human what is your initiative other that making comments on others. The reality is that you are doing nothing than propagating religious politics in a democratic setting. I think u do not have any constructive goal for a downtrodden and poor society. Organizing camps and chanting past glories cannot feel stomach of poor people. Yes, you can only do by this to revive the fundamentalism and in the other sense communalism.

      1. arisebharat Post author

        Thats the point. Gullible citizens whose only window is the English media believe only the broadcasted media news; This is why the likes of the missionaries receive so much attention. For example, the RSS runs over 1,50,000 service projects across the country much more than all the missionaries put to together but receives no media attention ; Visit

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